Our travels with 3 kids and a wheelchair.

Family fun on the Mornington Peninsula.

Family fun on the Mornington Peninsula.
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Summer on the Mornington Peninsula with kids means long days outside exploring in the sunshine and warm evenings at the beach, having BBQ’s and tasting some amazing food and wine on offer. With the best of everything for families we share with you our top experiences on the Mornington Peninsula with kids. Just over an hours drive from Melbourne come and discover Victorias best kept secret!

To explore the area driving in the best option as there are minimal public transport links.

Ashcombe Maze and Lavender farm.

Red Hill is a beautiful area and the Maze is well sign posted and an easy drive on Peninsula Link. Staff were friendly and welcoming on entry and our kids were excited to go on the gnome and fairy search. They were given a clipboard and paper & pencil to jot down their answers.

There are 4 main areas to explore.

The Hedge Maze.

This was lots of fun and a great lesson in teamwork and taking it in turns. We may have gotten lost a few times but we managed to find our way with Aunty Katies method of navigating!

Please note as per their website the maze is really tricky in places for access for wheelchairs, prams and mobility devices. The hedge is 40 years old and 2 meters thick in spots which makes some paths very narrow. We found the second half of the maze wider although not entirely accessible.

The Lavender Labyrinth.

The lavender area is beautiful and paths are wider for everyone to enjoy. The tracks are crushed gravel and have some slight inclines. There are lots of benches and fountains to stop and rest and adore throughout the park.

The Fairy Walk

This area is where you can find all the fairies to add to your list and a great space for kids to roam free. There is a small stream down the middle and a big dam at the end so close supervision is always required. Our kids loved playing in the leaves and running down the hill.

The Rose Garden

This area is a great little maze that is pram and wheelchair accessible. Some of the roses were in bloom and this was our last stop. The kids found that 2 hours was a great time spent exploring and needed a refuel at this stage.

Extras:

The onsite cafe has a great outdoor and indoor seating area. We loved sitting outside after our exploring to enjoy a coffee and some lavender scones.

 

  • There are toilets within the cafe including an accessible toilet.
  • Bring mozzie and fly repellant
  • No outside food
  • Bring a water bottle
  • hat/sunscreen
  • There are many family friendly wineries in the area so keep exploring!

Ashcombe maze

The Big Goose Kids Fun Farm.

We  were excited to hear that a new outdoor farm experience had opened up on the Mornington Peninsula. We have enjoyed farm experiences at Chesterfield, Collingwood Children’s and Myuna in Victoria and always had a great time.

There is plenty of parking at the entry on gravel road. There are no designated accessible car spots as yet just some temporary fence pieces and blue paint marked for all spaces.

The path from the car park to the ticket booth is rough gravel. We used Coopers manual wheelchair with the freewheel attachment. His power chair or beach wheelchair wold have also suited. Using a walker might have been a bit tricky in spots due to large gravel pieces.

The ticket booth is just at the entrance where you receive a wrist band and can buy extras such as animal feed and pony rides. The staff person was very friendly and knowledgeable about using the companion card ( allowing an adult carer free admission with a person with a disability)

There is lots to do onsite and there is a great mix of farm activities and play spaces.

We enjoyed watching the sheep show with Buddy the Border Collie. This was out in the paddocks next to the Ostrich and Camels.

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The kids loved the giant jumping pillow. Next to the tyre obstacle course. ( The jumping pillow is surrounded by sand but does have a step up into the arena) Thankyou to the very helpful staff member who supported Coop up the top of the pillow and helped him jump.

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The petting zoo is in the big red barn and enables the kids to pick up and pat the animals. The pens are wheelchair accessible so Cooper could stay in his supported seat and pat the guinea pigs and lizards. All areas are wheelchair accessible. Again thank you to the same staff person who supported Cooper to access the enclosures. There is plenty of hand sanitiser to access inside and outside the enclosures.

There is a big pavillion perfect to bring a picnic alongside a converted airstream that you can grab coffee and drinks from. There are lots of tables. Drinks cost around $3.

The adventure playground is a great shared space for older kids 4 and up to use rope netting to climb and flying foxes and slides. There is also a designated play space for up to 3 years old. (There is a step up into the playground being that its a giant sandpit supporting the structure)

There are toilets and a wheelchair accessible bathroom onsite.

The day we went was really hot ( 30oC)  so we only lasted a couple of hours. There are many trees planted and when established they will provide much needed shade.

Included in the entry price is a tractor ride which run every 30 minutes.

We had a really great time and would love to explore more when the weather cools down a bit. We were very impressed with the friendliness of the staff and how engaged they were with my kids.

Our tips:

  • pack a picnic lunch with cold bottled water.
  • take insect/fly repellant
  • sunscreen and a hat.
  • closed toe shoes for the gravel and paddocks.

Contact Details

Phone: 0459911549

Email: fun@thebiggoose.com.au

HOURS

Monday – Sunday

10am-4pm

Closed on New Years Day

ADDRESS

233 Mornington-Tyabb Road Moorooduc (Entry via Stumpy Gully Road)

ENTRY COST

$17 per Adult

$13 per Child

Age Pension card $13

Family of 4 – $50

Each additional person $10

Kids under 2 Free

Dinosaur World.

Entry $15.00
Children $12.00
Family Pass (2 Adults, 2 Children) $50.00
Children Under 2yo FREE

PLEASE CHECK SITE FOR UP TO DATE OPEN HOURS.

Currently during school term time its open on weekends 10-4. During school holidays it is open each day.

Dig and Discover $8.00
Let your child enter the world of paleontology
where they can dig & discover a fossil

BYO picnic or BBQ supplies.( there is a small playground and BBQ next to the marquee for fossil digging)

Wheelchair access is moderate. The carpark and pathways are a little rocky in spots but generally flat. The incline from the dinosaurs to the digging spot is a little steep for wheelchair users. We used Coopers beach off road chair for this terrain. Accessible toilet at the front.

dinosaur world

Boneo Maze and Lantasia.

Coming off the high of all the magical Christmas Light Houses we found in December, my kids were excited at the prospect of another night of lighting adventure! So we packed up our crew and headed down the Mornington Peninsula for an evening of summer fun at Lantasia: a light sculpture event in the night garden.

As our kids are only 4 and 6, a late night provides the extra benefit of an afternoon nap and following morning sleep in (for us that’s anything past 6am!) The nap was only achieved with the bribe of a quick trip to the Rosebud Carnival and fish’n’chips on the beach before heading to Lantasia. Had we known about the adjoining WaterWild Inflatable Fun Park, we would have arrived even earlier and packed bathers and towels. If our kids were older and could manage a full day out and about, it would have been a great opportunity to visit the Frankston Sand Sculptures during the day as well.

We arrived at Boneo Maze for around 7pm. It was still too light to view the sculptures, but there was a lot to do while we waited. The kids had a blast on the mini golf course, which had two different starting points and three different holes to cater for all ages and abilities. The maze was loads of fun – we got lost more than once, which the kids loved – especially when they managed to find a small hole in the hedge and leave the parents to walk around the long way.

As we exited the maze, the sun was beginning to set and the light sculptures had come to life. Suddenly there were butterflies, grasshoppers, snails, ladybugs, flamingos, giant lilies, lotus flowers and even a dragon!  While many sculptures are located in or around the lakes and the front lawns, we loved all the friends we found as we walked along the boardwalk. Every bend and turn provided a new character to meet.

 

The boardwalk ended in the back garden, with gorgeous flower sculptures, lanterns hanging from the trees, mega family games (such as checkers, croquet, chess and snakes’n’ladders), 2 smaller mazes and a magnificent vintage carousel providing unlimited free rides (no wonder the kids were still wide awake at 10pm!) We were very glad we’d packed some aeroguard, as the mosquitoes were enjoying the festivities as well. Some families had obviously arrived much earlier and had brought along a picnic for dinner; while others had purchased supper, coffee and ice-creams from the lakeside café before taking their journey along the boardwalk.

We had a wonderful family night and it was great to go to something that adults and kids both enjoyed equally.

When: Nightly from 6-10pm until January 27, 2016

Where: Boneo Maze, 695 Limestone Rd, Fingal

Tickets: $60 family or $18 adult & $15 child (3-17yrs) available at the gate

Food & Drink: Welcome to bring a picnic, or enjoy supper at the lakeside cafe

Website: www.lantasia.com.au

Lantasia

Peninsula Honey Farm.

There was a room set up with a real life working hive. It was fascinating to watch the bees come and go covered in pollen and working so hard. There were little microscopes for the kids to use to get up close to the hive. Pho gave the kids all the information they needed to learn about the hive.

Where: 871 Derril Road, Moorooduc. (Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia)

Open : 7 days a week 9-5.

Cost : FREE.

Access: There is wheelchair accessible parking. (Ground is gravel ) There is wheelchair access via a ramp into the portable building. Access within the building is rather cosy and with a powerchair it would be very tricky to get a decent turning circle into and out of each room.

Tours of the farm can be arranged by appointment. Read all about more FREE school holiday activities.

Peninsula honey farm

Sandsculpting on the Foreshore.

Each year artists transform the Frankston Foreshore with amazing sand sculptures following a yearly theme. We have loved seeing the sand come to life into story book characters, fantasy and fiction and amazing animals too.

The details:

The sand sculptures are on the Frankston Waterfront in Frankston VIC.

Prices 

Extra activities available at an extra cost.

There is a great deal with the Frankston Fun Pass where you can get entrance to 3 activities for $30. ( Sandsculpting, Gravity Zone and PARC) You can read all about our time at Gravity Zone trampolining here.

Wheelchair access is on flat sand paths.

Companion Card accepted

Accessible toilet on site

 


Mornington Peninsula with kids

 



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